This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: May 9

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The Flint Furniture factory in Faribault burns. Built in 1856, the factory was the first in the state to manufacture items for wholesale trade.


Orville Freeman is born in Minneapolis. He would serve as the state's governor from 1955 to 1961 and later as US secretary of agriculture. While governor, he would respond to the 1959 strike at the Wilson & Company packinghouse in Albert Lea by declaring martial law and closing the plant.


Daniel Berrigan is born in Virginia, Minnesota. An author and a radical Catholic priest, Berrigan would write about social responsibility and play an active role in the antiwar movement during the Vietnam era and later protest nuclear armament. His brother Philip, also a radical priest, was born October 5, 1923.


The suit State of Minnesota et al. v. Philip Morris et al. is settled when the defendants—tobacco companies—agree to pay Minnesota and Blue Cross-Blue Shield $6.5 billion dollars in total. The settlement ended the companies’ chain of legal victories and turned the tide in anti-tobacco efforts throughout the nation.


The Dalai Lama Tenzin Guyatso, head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan community worldwide, visits the Twin Cities and shares his message of compassion, tolerance, kindness, and peace.